Plenary Speakers

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Obese humans and fat birds: what is the role of limited, unpredictable food? | Dr Melissa Bateson

Find out more about Dr. Bateson’s research here.

A strike for ecosystem health: the round goby invasion of the Great Lakes | Dr. Sigal Balshine

Dr. Balshine’s research interests are centred on evolutionary behavioural ecology with a special focus on sociality, breeding system evolution and anthropogenic impacts on behaviour. Dr. Balshine received her B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Toronto, a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and conducted post-doctoral research at Tel Aviv University, the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology in Vienna and the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Dr. Balshine joined the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour in 2000 and was granted tenure in 2006 and full professor status in 2011. She is also an associate member of the Department of Biology at McMaster University and is a member of the Animal Behaviour Society and the International Society for Behavioural Ecology. Find out more about Dr. Balshine’s research here.

Insights from avian hybridization into the origin and maintenance of biodiversity | Dr. Scott Taylor

Dr. Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Research in his lab is focused on using natural avian hybrid zones and recent avian radiations to understand the genetic bases of traits involved in reproductive isolation, population divergence, and speciation, and the impacts of anthropogenic change, including climate change, on species distributions, interactions, and evolution. He and his lab are fascinated by natural history and the intersections between art and science, and are committed to doing their part to increase diversity and make our community inclusive and supportive. Scott completed his B.Sc. at the University of Guelph in Wildlife Biology, his Ph.D at Queen’s University, and was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He currently teaches ornithology and population genetics, as well as field courses in the Galápagos, Brazil, and the Rocky Mountains. Find out more about Dr. Taylor’s work here.